Intense Tracer 275 – 650b Round Up

27.5 All Mountain Trail Enduro

Although the Tracer is a bit longer than the Carbine, it is lower (BB height). Also, the medium Tracer and the medium Carbine are slightly different in size, when looking at the seat tube length. The top tube length and chainstay length are similar, however. One main problem we had with the Tracer 275 was the lack of tire clearance on the rear. The cross brace on the upper swingarm makes for a very tight fit. We do have a a very early frame model and Intense said production models will have more rear tire clearance.

With a real world weight of 30.97, the Intense Tracer 275 falls in the middle of the two other aluminum models in our comparison.

For parts, we were not crazy about the heavy Novatec wheels nor the 3×10 drivetrain. But let’s not dwell on that since Intense said they’re build it any way you want.  And we do think many buyers of this bike will go for a frame/fork combo and build up their dream spec.

What we can really dwell on though is the internal cable routing for the Rockshox Reverb dropper post. This is the best post in the market right now and the cable routing makes that pesky cable hidden and non-moving.  It not only adds to the aesthetics of the bike but also to the trail useability of the dropper post.

Tire Clearance

Our test bike was a prototype and the rear tire clearance was prototype tight as it barely allowed a 2.35″ Kenda Nevegal.  We are pleased to announce that we just got the photos and measurements of the tire clearance of the production bike and it looks dialed. With a 2.35″ Nevegal at 40 psi, there looks to be .5 inch of tire clearance.

 

The Intense Tracer 275 comes in 3 sizes (SM, MD, LG) and 4 stock colors for 2013 (Flo-Green, Black Chrome, Works Raw and Intense Red). It also comes in a wide variety of custom colors (another advantage of being a ‘small’ and agile company).  The frame costs $2269 and the complete bike with mostly XT build is about $5049.

Strengths:

  • Super stiff and agile
  • VPP design climbs great
  • Nice internal cable routing for the Reverb Stealth dropper post
  • Made in the USA
  • A confident descender that will make you smile

Weaknesses:

  • Heavy
  • Measured wheelbase is a bit long at 45.4 inches

Conclusion:
It’s really pretty hard to fault the Intense 275 as they’ve hit a home run with this first effort.  It descends and climbs incredibly well. It corners well and soars through the air with confidence.  The head angle, bb height and wheelsize are just right for an all mountain bike that is designed to make you look good and ride well. The only problem if you get this bike is, it’s all on you now since you can’t blame the Intense 275 for any lack of ability.

For more information: www.intensecycles.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • vincent says:

    Where did you get the chainstay protector on the flo green Intense Tracer 275?

  • Mike Gee says:

    Got the new Intense 275 after riding an Intense 5.5 (26er) for many happy years. I have to admit I was skeptical about everything I read about this new bike but wanted to give it a try. My first day out was amazing. Felt that I was going to take It easy and get use to this beast but I jumped on and it felt like my 26er, except the thing really is the best of both worlds. Geometry fits like a glove, same Bottom Bracket height as my 26er and the traction from the 275 tire is amazing. I was so comfortable and confident that my 2nd ride was at the new Big Bear MTB park without hesitation! AMAZING WORK INTENSE!

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